The department's goal is to provide the highest quality of emergency service through prevention, preparedness, response and recovery programs, to promote community awareness and participation in fire prevention and disaster preparedness.



We believe in the power of youth.

Your creative ideas can help save lives.

We challenge you to change the world

About the Challenge

The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition developed by Project Paradigm (a private foundation) and the American Red Cross to inspire youth aged 7 to 18 to affect positive change in the world.

The first annual challenge aims to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires - America's #1 disaster threat. We invite youth aged 7 to 18 (as of May 1, 2015) to accept The Challenge, build a team, become problem solvers, learn about homefires, and help save lives.

Members of the public will vote for their favorite finalist from May 11, 2015 to May 25, 2015.

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5 Quick Facts about heart disease:

  • There is a greater risk for men to die of a heart attack. For every woman that dies of a heart attack, two men dies.
  • Approximately 37 people die due to heart failure daily. 
  • More than half of the deaths caused by chronic diseases like heart disease occur before the age of 65 years – this has a direct impact on the country’s economy.
  • About 33 people die a day because of heart attacks, while 60 die due to a stroke.
  • Premature deaths caused by heart and blood vessel diseases in people of working age (35 – 64) are expected to increase by 41% between 2000 and 2030.

Here are a couple of key definitions for your reference:

Cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to any disease related to the heart and blood vessels. The most common ones are diseases of the heart muscle, strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and heart disease. A major cause of these is high blood pressure.

Heart attack
A heart attack is also known as a myocardial infarction (MI). When heart arteries become too narrow or a clot forms, blood flow to the heart muscle is restricted. The heart muscle is left without oxygen, causing a segment of the muscle to die. This leaves the heart unable to pump enough blood to the rest of the body. A heart attack is characterized by a sudden severe chest pain that may spread down one or both arms and to the neck.

Heart failure
Heart failure is caused by the inability of the heart to pump blood efficiently around the body. This occurs because of damage to the heart muscle as a result of various diseases. The blood circulation becomes slow causing excess fluid to be retained in the body.

A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when the blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This could either happen when a blood vessel to the brain ruptures, causing bleeding, or becomes blocked by a blood clot. The affected brain cells then start to die because of the lack of oxygen and other nutrients. The severity of a stroke varies from a passing weakness or tingling in a limb to a profound paralysis, coma or death.

On considering risk factors for heart disease, there are several contributing factors. Here is a short description of some of these factors:

Family history
This is an important, independent risk factor for heart disease, especially in younger persons (particularly if one parent has had documented, premature heart disease – i.e. a father who had heart disease before the age of 55 or a mother who had heart disease before the age of 65).

Gender and age
Men are at a slightly increased risk of developing heart disease, but women and younger people are by no means unaffected. One in three men and one in four women suffer from heart disease in South Africa.

Blood lipids
Very high total cholesterol, or an abnormal pattern, can result in cholesterol plaques being deposited in arteries, leading to angina and heart attack. Blood clots tend to form on top of these plaques, and this can cause further, or even total, obstruction of the artery. If a piece of this clot breaks off and is carried into the circulation to arteries in the brain, this can cause a stroke.

High blood pressure rarely causes any symptoms. In the long term though, persistently raised pressure in arteries increases the workload of the heart, and can accelerate the rate of atheroma formation due to raised cholesterol.

Cigarette smoking
The risk of a heart attack is increased six times in women, and three times in men, who smoke 20 cigarettes per day, compared to those who have never smoked. The risk is immediately reduced when a person stops smoking. Smoking cessation also has an instant, positive effect on the lungs.

Statistically, having diabetes brings the same risk of heart disease as that for a person who has already had a full-blown heart attack. In addition to this, diabetics have a greater burden of other atheroma-inducing risk factors, such as hypertension, obesity, raised cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and increased risk of clotting.

Obesity and related factors
Obesity magnifies all other risk factors which may already be present, and physical inactivity further increases the risk of developing heart disease.

Some other factors:

  • Chronic kidney disease, and even moderate impairment, increases the risk of heart disease.
  • Post-menopausal women have an increased risk of heart disease, but there isn't enough evidence to advocate estrogen replacement purely as a measure to prevent heart disease.
  • Depression, anger and stress have all been linked to heart disease
  • High resting pulse rate.
  • Acute or chronic infection                                                            


February is Burn Awareness Month

Stop, Drop and Roll

If fire ignites clothing, it is important to remember to Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll. Stop immediately. Gently drop to the ground; Cover your face; and Roll back and forth. Children should be taught to stop, drop and roll if their clothing is on fire, and older children, adults and seniors must be aware that they can do it in a tight space, by rocking back and forth until the flames are out, or using a blanket or coat to smother the flames

"Adopt A Hydrant" Program

Help the Fire District– Adopt a Fire Hydrant

Please help the Fire District by adopting the fire hydrant closest to your home or business and keep it free of snow during the winter.

Please make it a point to uncover your fire hydrant after each and every snowfall. Clear a path approximately 3 feet around the hydrant and shovel a path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant. These actions will allow the Fire District to quickly locate the fire hydrant, obtain a water supply for firefighting activities, and give the fire crews room to work with this hydrant should the need arise.

Please consider helping a neighbor with a medical condition or who is elderly, by shoveling out a hydrant in front of their home. This act of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood.

At a fire, firefighters must quickly locate and gain a water supply source from the closest fire hydrant. A fire engine carries enough water on board for approximately 3 ½ minutes of firefighting. If a fire hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time must be spent digging it out. It may take from 4 to 6 minutes to dig out a fire hydrant buried by snow. The delay in gaining a water supply from a fire hydrant may disrupt the timely manner in which firefighters are able to fight the fire and may allow a fire to grow. Fire doubles in size every 20 seconds.

The "Adopt A Hydrant" program is an informal program, therefore it is not necessary to advise the district of which hydrants you will be clearing snow from.

On behalf of the entire Lemont Fire Protection District, thank you for keeping Lemonts fire hydrants clear of snow and keeping our neighborhoods safe!

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America's #1 Disaster Threat

Home fires kill more Americans than earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados combined.

Home fires occur every 85 seconds and cause massive harm each day:

  • 7 people die
  • 36 people are injured
  • $18 million in damage to homes

Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Recall Summary

This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.

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Get A Smoke Detector

If you are a resident of the Lemont Fire Protection District we may able to supply you with a battery operated smoke detector or replacement battery at no cost.

This program has been made available thanks to funding provided by FEMA working together with the Lemont Fire District Board of Trustees. 

Contact us at 630-257-0191 or email us at jhawthorne@lemontfire.com for information.

Application for a Free Smoke Detector

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms... Learn more

The Lemont Fire Protection District provides Life Safety services to you and your family

  • Fire Suppression
  • Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services
  • Specialized Technical Rescue Teams - Dive, Aerial, Confined Space, Trench
  • Cause and Origin & Arson Investigation Team
  • Fire Prevention Bureau - Fire Inspection & Public Education
  • Hazardous Materials Services

The Lemont Fire District protects an area of approximately 40 square miles and serves the Village of Lemont along with portions of Woodridge, Darien, Bolingbrook, & Homer Glen.

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Safety information

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